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Medical Support Services

Treatment involves much more than fighting your disease. Your Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) team will help you relieve pain and side effects of treatment, get the best nutrition, improve your strength and balance, and cope emotionally. We also can help you quit smoking.

The following services are located at the SCCA outpatient clinic on Lake Union.

Social Workers

Social workers help patients who need counseling, education, an advocate, or help accessing services within SCCA and the community. Ask your health care team to contact us or reach us at (206) 288-1076 or socialw@seattlecca.org. The Social Work office is located on the first floor.

Mental Health Counseling

When you need more emotional support than your social worker can provide, consider a visit with someone from the SCCA Psychiatry and Psychology Service. We can help you deal with anxiety, depression, loss and grief, sleep difficulties, medical phobias, and concerns about relationships and sexuality. For more information, speak with someone from your medical team, or contact (206) 288-1030 or fann@uw.edu. We are located on the sixth floor.

Nutrition

The Medical Nutrition Therapy Service offers reliable and accurate advice, classes, and information about food and nutrition to support your health and recovery during and after cancer treatment. Nutritionists work with patients to design eating plans to meet your unique needs. We also help medical teams and patients understand scientific findings about the connections between food, specific nutrients, and health. For more information, speak with someone from your medical team or call (206) 288-7222 to schedule an appointment. We are on the sixth floor. See Diets & Food Safety for diet guidelines and safe preparation of water and food.

Pain Care

Pain may be caused by a number of things, including cancer, treatment of cancer, or an unrelated medical problem. Most pain can be treated with medication, treatments such as physical therapy, or both. Talk to your health care team about any pain issues you have, try our self-care tips, or call a Pain Clinic nurse. The SCCA Pain Clinic focuses on managing complex pain issues related to cancer. To make an appointment, call (206) 288-2014 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Pain Clinic is located on the fourth floor.

Physical Therapy

People of any age who are diagnosed with cancer can maximize strength, function, and independence during and after treatment with the help of physical therapy. Physical therapists help with concerns related to weakness, balance, scar tissue, lymphedema, range of motion, and rehabilitation equipment. SCCA patients are referred to physical therapy by an SCCA physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner. Located on the fourth floor, Physical Therapy is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Phone: (206) 288-6373, Fax: (206) 288-2224.

Sexuality Concerns and Cancer

For many patients, cancer treatment causes physical or psychological changes affecting sexuality. A good first step is to bring up any concerns with your health care team so they can help you get the help you need. You may find it helpful to meet with an SCCA mental health counselor. We also have information on ways to preserve your fertility.

Supportive & Palliative Care

Supportive and palliative care can improve your quality of life, regardless of the stage of your disease, and can be provided along with treatment to fight your cancer. Palliative care includes relieving pain and other symptoms, helping you cope and talk about your illness and wishes with your family, and helping you make decisions about hospice. Speak with someone from your medical team, or contact SCCA’s Supportive and Palliative Care Service directly at (206) 288-7474, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or palcare@seattlecca.org. Appointments are usually available within one to two weeks.

Living Tobacco Free 

SCCA’s Living Tobacco-Free Service puts you in touch with tobacco cessation counselors on the phone or in person. Current patients who quit smoking may benefit from fewer complications, better treatment outcomes, and lower risk of additional tumors. Patients can self-refer by calling (206) 288-7766. Join the monthly drop-in meeting every third Thursday at noon in the Sanctuary on the first floor. See our stop-smoking resource list.